Alexander Messmann

Executive Vice President

Alexander Messmann has been with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council since 1987. He studied at universities in Germany and the United States and obtained a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. Before starting his tenure at the Council, he had worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York and as a research assistant at the University of Konstanz.

Jessica Dugandzic

Vice President of Events

Jessica joined the Council in 2013, and provides vision, strategy and management for the Council's 70-80 annual events and programs. She also provides tour coordination and delegation support for bespoke international travel programs for the Council which have included trips to Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Iran. Jessica previously worked with both educational nonprofits and luxury corporate clients, providing brand activation, fundraising, donor recruitment, and sponsorship and community partnerships. 

Tracy Navichoque

Director of Membership and Development

Tracy holds a BA in history and international studies from Northwestern University. Before joining the Council, Tracy worked in education and public affairs at the binational center in Montevideo, Uruguay. Prior to her time abroad, she advanced arts education initiatives as part of the academic department at the Hammer Museum. Tracy currently coordinates membership and development at the Council. She is a Los Angeles native and speaks four languages.

Ellen Plant

Director of Communications

Ellen is a native of Portland, Oregon and completed her degree in public relations at Brigham Young University in Utah. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating and worked in public affairs and marketing in the non-profit and education sectors. Ellen coordinates all aspects of communications including marketing, public relations, social media, advertising and web content. She also manages the High School Program and Young Professionals Program for the Council.

Contact/Media Information

Los Angeles World Affairs Council
3535 Hayden Avenue, Suite 200
Culver City, CA 90232


(424) 258-6160

Email Addresses

Alexander Messmann
 Jessica Dugandzic

Tracy Navichoque